ABOUT

The Games for Change (G4C) Student Challenge is a national game design program that invites students to create digital games about issues impacting their communities. The Challenge is run in cities across the United States, and includes professional development in game-based learning for 20+ teachers per city, in-school and after-school game making courses supported by curriculum partner Mouse, student game jams and workshops, mentorship by professional game designers and social issue themes with multimedia content provided by cause-based partners. Students are encouraged to submit their original games to a game design competition in Spring 2019 for the chance to win awesome prizes and national recognition. Prizes are awarded at culminating awards ceremonies and public exhibitions of student games at local cultural institutions in each city.

The goal of the Challenge program is to expose and excite students to work-related opportunities in STEM and game design, engage students and teachers in civic issues impacting their cities and communities, build capacity for teachers to use game-based learning tools and approaches and students to learn game design as a method for storytelling and 21st century skill development. The Challenge was piloted by G4C in NYC in 2015 in collaboration with the NYC Department of Education and a coalition of partners, and expanded in following years with programs run in Dallas, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Detroit, and Los Angeles. The 2018-2019 Student Challenge will run in NYC, Atlanta, Detroit, and Los Angeles.

Games for Change (G4C) is a nonprofit that facilitates the creation and distribution of digital games that serve as powerful tools in humanitarian and educational efforts and leverages entertainment and engagement for social good. G4C convenes diverse stakeholders, highlights best practices, incubates games, and helps create and direct investment into new projects. (http://www.gamesforchange.org/)

2018 CHALLENGE PARTNERS

PROGRAM PARTNERS

GAMES FOR CHANGE
MOUSE
TWO BIT CIRCUS FOUNDATION
STEM@GTRI
CEISMC

PROGRAM SUPPORTERS

GENERAL MOTORS
ANNENBERG FOUNDATION
ANNENBERG LEARNER
ANNENBERG TECH
TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE
BIGGLESWORTH FAMILY FOUNDATION
NYC DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS
NEA
NYC MAYOR’S OFFICE

THEME PARTNERS

AARP
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
GENERAL MOTORS
NOMA
NYC MAYOR’S OFFICE